Careers Advice for Parents

Parents of Shenley Brook End School

Parents/carers are vital to students understanding of career choices and the decisions they make. We encouraged parents and students to make appointments to talk to teachers or our Careers Adviser to discuss individual concerns regarding career choices, but also inform parents of relevant information at specific key stages through our newsletter and letters home.

What can you expect

  • That your child will have access to a range of support and advice with regards to their career progression when making important decisions at different key stages (please see the student section for more information)
  • Information on Post-16 options for your child and government legislation regarding post-16 education
  • Access to guidance interviews that you can attend with your child
  • Support when organising work experience placements in Year 10 (upon request from the parent)
  • Access to career action plans (upon student consent) so that you can further continue career related discussions at home.

Information for parents

As well as the provision you can expect with regards to careers from the school, there are also many ways in which you can help your child with their careers and employability progression. Please find below some helpful tips and links that you can use to introduce discussion at home:

  • Encourage them to participate in a variety of school extracurricular activities. This will help them to understand more about their strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes. In addition to this it will also give them valuable experience to draw upon in later years when writing CVs or attending interviews.
  • Talk to them about your job and encourage other relatives within your family to do the same. This will allow them to be aware and explore a range of roles.
  • Check the school newsletter for upcoming career related trips, talks or activities that you could encourage your son/daughter to get involved in.
  • In year 8 talk to them about their subject choices and how this may help them in their current ambitions. If you need help in supporting your son/daughter with this, Mr Greenhalgh is available for drop in sessions at Year 8 parents’ evening to discuss further. Alternatively, you could use the “careers in” posters found on the school Moodle under Careers/IAG or there are some useful links below to help you:

http://parentzone.careerpilot.org.uk/parent/info/how-can-i-help-my-child-make-the/?topic=5972

https://www.studential.com/GCSEs/choosing-your-GCSE-subject-options

https://icould.com/watch-career-videos/by-subject/

  • In year 10/11 speak to students about their next steps post-16. It is best to have these discussions early as many of the applications your son/daughter will need to make, often have deadlines within the first term of starting year 11. As a school we send out letters in the first month of year 11 to help you as parent be informed of all options post-16 to aid in these discussions.
  • In year 11, 12 and 13 encourage your son/daughter to use Unifrog on a regular basis. This is a web based platform we introduce them to in lessons which has multiple functions including:
    • Career exploration tools
    • CV writing and Letter of application aids
    • University and Apprenticeship search tools
    • An interactions section where they can log all career related interactions they have had throughout school so that they can remind themselves and draw from all of their experiences when applying for and considering their next steps

Useful links that we use with students within school:

www.icould.com/

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

www.careersbox.co.uk

www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk

www.successatschool.org    

www.prospects.ac.uk

www.learnhowtobecome.org

https://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/for-students/school-and-college-in-the-uk/subject-choices-at-school-and-college/

www.ucas.com

www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

How to get in touch

Email Mr Greenhalgh at epearson@sbeschool.org.uk or call her on 01908 520 264